I have many, many scientific interests. In
general, my interests include stream ecology, metacommunity ecology,
life-history, and conservation biology. Specifically, I am interested in
macroconsumer dynamics and the relationship between organisms and the environment.
Some of my work has focused on how fish change ecosystem properties and how
that is influenced by fish community diversity and density. In addition, I
enjoy studying the influence habitat heterogeneity has on community structure
I completed my bachelor's degree at Ball State University in 2009 and worked for both Dr. Melody Bernot and Dr. Mark Pyron. I began working on my PhD at Kansas State University immediately following my undergraduate. I completed my PhD at Kansas State University, under the advisement of Dr. Keith Gido, in 2014. In addition to my research on prairie stream fishes on Konza Prairie, I have taught introductory and upper level biology and ecology courses at Kansas State. I was awarded the EIDRoP GK-12 fellowship for the 2012-2013 year and was a resident scientist for Junction City High School in Kansas, with the goal of igniting an interest in science for young people and teach them proper methods of scientific inquiry.
I am currently the expert correspondent for the podcast by the Fish Nerds. I volunteer at the Wonder Workshop Children's Museum where I provide information on local fishes and give hands-on presentations on science to kids of all ages. I work part time at the local natural foods pet store, which promotes healthy, sustainable, natural pet diets as well as adoption. I also run an online Etsy store, where I sell science themed magnets.
For more information on the work I'm doing, classes I teach, and all the nerdy hobbies I have, check out the links up top!